In 2015, Microsoft launched its own full disk encryption method – Bitlocker. But there are many BitLocker alternative softwares available which are far better than BitLocker.
Microsoft took a smart move by launching BitLocker as they know that users trust Microsoft than any third party software. The biggest Rivals for BitLocker are VeraCrypt and TrueCrypt.
I personally found many disadvantages in BitLocker it is not secure as it looks. But for BitLocker there is a condition that your motherboard should have a TPM but you can run BitLocker without TPM as I mentioned in this post. It means BitLocker is conflicting its own wordings.
In an article, CodePlex mentioned that TPM is just for misguiding the users. As they mentioned that TPM security can bypass by formatting the RAM memory. It is because TPM stores the recovery key in the RAM memory. Not only this, there are many problems related to TPM and BitLocker. So Get ready for BitLocker alternative softwares list. As Truecrypt stopped making full disk encryption software that’s why in this list, you will not get Truecrypt.
Top Bitlocker alternative softwares.
It is also a Free disk encryption tool but for windows only. With DiskCryptor, entire hard drive partitions can be encrypted including the existing partition or system partition with data already on them which is the best feature of DiskCryptor. External devices such as hard drives, USB, CDs, DVDs and thumb drives can be encrypted using DiskCryptor. Most third party bootloaders are compatible with it and many booting options are supportable with this. Not only this, It also supports multiple algorithms including AES, Twofish and even a combination of those algorithms. However, the software can’t encrypt single files or folders. For this, you have to depend on another encryption tool. DiskCryptor is good for full disk encryption but it is not like TrueCrypt.
- AES Crypt
It is also a free encryption software. Unlike diskcryptor, it is also available on Linux and Mac. With this software, It is easy to encrypt the single file but not a folder or a hard drive. However, at once, you can encrypt multiple files but separate AES encrypted file will generate for each file that you choose to encrypt. This software uses a powerful Encryption Algorithm (256 bit) due to which only the person who has the password can access the encrypted files.
It is easy to use. After right click on your selected file and choose “AES encrypt” option and put a password on your selected files and click “ok“. Through the same process, you can decrypt the file.
Overall, AES crypt is good for lot of encryption purposes but consider that it can’t encrypt entire folder and hard drive partition
7Zip is developed by Igor Pavlov, a freelance programmer. It is similar to WinZip and WinRar as it is also a file archiver. It is available for windows only but some command line versions of 7Zip are available in Linux and Mac but these programs are not developed by Igor. 256 bit AES Encryption Algorithm is used for the encryption by 7Zip. This algorithm has an approval from the US government and the information under this algorithm is known as Top Secret. It is the highest classification in the US government. So you can say it is a quite secure algorithm but don’t know that it can be cracked or not? 7zip file archive is a little bit like that TrueCrypt file container.
This software is also free of cost. A Swedish firm whose name is Axantum Software made Axcrypt. It is not as TrueCrypt because it is not using file containers. Similar to AES crypt, at once you can encrypt multiple files. But if you encrypt multiple files at once then they will separately encrypted. For decryption also, you have to do it separately on files. This software is integrated into the windows shell that’s why it is easy to use as we can use it through Windows Explorer. Just right-click a file and choose the option of “Ax Crypt” for encryption. After encryption just double click the file as you do normally and it will ask you for a password, just enter it. You can also encrypt files larger than 4 GB with this software. Again the same bad part is with AX Crypt as it can not encrypt hard drive partitions.
Veracrypt is the best encryption tool with maximum positive reviews. We can correctly say it as a TrueCrypt and BitLocker alternative. It is available on Windows, Linux, and Mac. It is developed by an IT security firm of French – IDRIX. We can say it even better than TrueCrypt because the developer has removed many bugs which were found in TrueCrypt, for example, it is quite resistant to brute force attacks. The Encryption Algorithm of VeraCrypt is too strong that it does 30 times more iteration than TrueCrypt. Due to this opening the file, folder or Drive partition is slow but it will not affect VeraCrypt overall performance. VeraCrypt website and forums are best as they give all the details and solution of your problems related to encryption. The interface of VeraCrypt is also similar to TrueCrypt.
Conclusion of BitLocker alternative Softwares
I made this list of BitLocker alternative software on the basis of reviews. You can choose anyone of the. It depends on you What you prefer? Disk Partition Encryption or Single File Encryption. If you want to encrypt external files then use DiskCryptor otherwise VeraCrypt is the best BitLocker alternative software.